Reclaimed Ground is the first chapter in an ongoing documentation of the transformation of Hunter’s Point South, Queens, capturing the final season of this unique post-industrial landscape, where 30 acres of land had been left abandoned by the city, becoming an overgrown simulacrum of nature. Hidden in the brush, artifacts and debris hint at its history as a landfill, where marshlands were covered with rubble to create grounds for successive waves of industry. In the summer of 2015, the arts group Chance Ecologies invited 20 international artists to explore, celebrate and commemorate this unique space, before its impending demolition. Their actions included an archaeological dig, site specific sculptural installations, and the creation of a seed library, cataloging the many plant species that called this place home. The wilderness of Hunter’s Point is now gone, to be replaced with apartment towers and a more formal parkland, but the work of Chance Ecologies continues, and will be exhibited at the Queens Museum in the Fall of 2016.